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Volume 7 Issue 5

May 31, 2019



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COVER: USS Bataan conducts checks of the Aqueous Film Forming Foam sprinkler system near a training AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck LEFT: Sailors enjoy a sunset on the flight deck.



Commanding Officer Capt. Greg Leland Executive Officer Capt. Brian Carmichael Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/AW) Ryan Lamkin BATAAN PUBLIC AFFAIRS Public Affairs Officer

MCCS (SW/AW) Stacee McCarroll

Editor, Layout & Design

MC1 (SW/AW) Jaq Renard MC2 (SW) Zachary A. Anderson

News Team 5

Table of Contents 3 News From Around The Fleet 4 Hometown News: Training The Relief 6 Bataan Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islanders 8 Battling Bastard Photos

MC1 (SW) Kegan Kay MC2 Kaitlin Rowell MC3 Leonard Weston MC3 Alan Robertson MCSN Levi Decker The editorial content of this newspaper is prepared, edited and provided by Bataan’s Public Affairs Office. This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of military services at sea. Its contents do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Navy and do not imply endorsement thereof. USS BATAAN (LHD 5) USS BATAAN



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TA AND NAVY COLLEGE UPDATES ANNOUNCED Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Navy announced changes to Tuition Assistance (TA) and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) program management May 21, in NAVADMIN 114/19. Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, enlisted Sailors and officers must complete a minimum of two years of service

before becoming eligible to use TA or NCPACE instructor-led or Distance Learning (DL) courses. This requirement may not be waived. In addition, TA and NCPACE (DL) funding is capped at 12 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) per fiscal year (FY) and a total of 120 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) in a career. Most Sailors in

recent years have only used up to an average of nine semester hours annually.

“Due to unprecedented usage and fiscal constraints, Navy is reshaping how we administer the TA and NCPACE programs,” said Jim Johnson, head of Navy Voluntary Continued on page 8

NEW PCS SYSTEMS SIMPLIFY SAILOR MOVES Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

To support the summer permanent change of station (PCS) season, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is taking action to improve the PCS move experience for Sailors and their families. Sailors who have already completed at least one PCS move, know the process can be quite complex – from the household goods shipment to budgeting for potential out-of-pocket expenses. Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is working with numerous partners across the Navy and Department of Defense to rapidly field numerous customer oriented improvements to simplify the process for hardworking Sailors and their families. The new MyPCS Checklist, a tailored and interactive checklist to assist in move preparation and execution, is available now via MyNavy Portal at The MyPCS Checklist provides a comprehensive timeline for action beginning six months prior to the scheduled move date and takes a Sailor and family through the entire process to include critical post-check-in items. This is available for use by all active and reserve Sailors. Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dustin Kelling, assigned to NPC and in receipt of PCS orders, has accessed the MyPCS Checklist for his upcoming transfer.

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Story and photo by MCSN Levi Decker


here are a plethora of ways for young people still in high school to prepare for life’s journey to adulthood. High schools have numerous programs and role models to assist students transitioning into adulthood. Besides teachers, coaches, guidance counselors and personal mentors, one resource students can take advantage of is the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program. Seaman Connor Amon, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), and a West Ashley High School, Charleston, South Carolina, graduate was a very active member in his school’s JROTC program. His passion for JROTC and mentoring carried on through basic training and it’s what inspires his motivation to succeed aboard Bataan. Now, Amon is a motivating volunteer at Murray High School JROTC program located in downtown Norfolk. “JROTC is such a wonderful tool and resource that many people just either don’t realize is out there or hear bad things and are turned away,” said Amon. “It’s really useful. It teaches high school students about a wide variety of things like navigation, refueling-at-sea, international law, the UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice] and citizenship to name a few.” Through his time in the JROTC, Amon stated that getting a chance to learn leadership skills, volunteering in community activities and taking part in ceremonial events were his favorite aspects of the program. Though his volunteer work with Murray High School, he teaches cadets how to properly wear their uniform, military customs and courtesies, as well as mentoring them on expectations and how to conduct themselves in the

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military while having a vision of their future. “I’m hoping to instill the importance of having a plan in motion for when cadets get out of high school,” said Amon. “I’ve noticed a lot of my own classmates go to college, but don’t have a solid plan for what to do with their degree. You can only teach someone how to lead from a textbook so much before they need experience. By discussing different styles of leadership as well as the different paths they can take in the military and in life, they should be able to take charge of just about any situation they encounter.” According to Amon, discipline is a necessary attribute for any good Sailor. He hopes that by stressing this to the cadets he will make them into fine reliefs for the Sailors of the United States Navy. “I believe that the JROTC program helps individuals with basic training, but only if they take the time to learn the material that’s given to them. They need to develop important habits. Habits such as keeping a uniform squared away, keeping up with physical fitness, and understanding the importance of protocol and flowing the of chain of command.” Amon has been working with JROTC for five years, four as a cadet himself and one as a volunteer, and loves the work he does helping young men and women. “I love the gratification you feel when you’ve spent so much time helping someone to get through even one year,” says Amon. “Then they go off to boot camp or out into the world and, whatever path they decide to take you know you prepared them well. That’s the best part of the job.”

Seaman Connor Amon stands watch on the bridge during sea anchor detail

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g n i t a r Celeb

Story by MC1 Jaq Renard & photos by MCSN Levi Decker

Asian A Pacific Is

Sailors assembled on the mess deck aboard the mighty amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) to celebrate the heritage and the diverse cultures of their shipmates May 26. The month of May was chosen for Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Observance because of two important dates. May 7, 1843, marks when the first Japanese immigrants traveled to the United States, and May 10, 1869 marks the 150 year anniversary of the completion the transcontinental railroad. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Five percent of the crew is of AAPI decent. AAPI

encompasses the entire Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia), and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island). There are more than 39 different Pacific Island languages spoken as a second language in an American household. As a whole the AAPI population spans little more than two thirds of world’s demographics. “I’m often confused as Hawaiian, but I’m an American Samoan,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Talalelie

Gunners Mate 3rd Class Jessica Clendening, Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Porsche Jefferson, Chief Hospital Corpsman Davareo Warren, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Reynaldo Eugenio, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Talalelei Court, Capt. Greg Leland, Capt. Brian Carmichael, Command Master Chief Ryan Lamkin and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Paris Blackman participate in an Asian American/Pacific Islanders cake cutting ceremony.

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Court. Court was born on the Polynesian Islands of American Samoa, located just south of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. Court is the middle child of seven siblings and at 8 years-old, Court’s family relocated to Alaska where she lived until her 17th birthday; soon after she decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy. “It was a very difficult two year transition, moving away from home and living on my own,” Court shared. “Samoans are family first people and I could have lived at home with my parents as long as I liked, but I wanted to leave and live while still providing support for my family needs back home.” While attending Great Lakes, Illinois for her recruit basic training, Court sent her entire earnings back home to her family in Alaska. “I do miss my family and the distance between us is too far to travel at times, so I try to do my best when I can and with what I can provide.” Service members like Court are also walking in the very footsteps of their predecessors like Tulsi Gabbard who was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan’s Officer Candidate School and one of the first two female combat veterans and the first woman to receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military. In 2010, she became the first female American Samoan and Hindu to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress.

sacrificed her life going to a completely foreign nation in hopes to find a better and more suitable life for her family,” Eugenio explained. The 18-year veteran, the Navy has afforded him the opportunities to travel the world while associating with various cultures, people and leadership that developed to his success today while providing a better life for his family tomorrow. “Looking back on my life, I am very proud of the decisions I have made and the person I am today,” said Eugenio. “Success for me isn’t something that can be measured by being famous. Being able to provide for my family is my marker of success. The action of being able to help others is what I consider as my success.” Bataan’s AAPI ceremony is a time to recognize the service and dedication of the men and women of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage, and honor the diversity that is central to the United States Navy’s identity in maintaining our critical role as a naval power at sea.

For Bataan’s as well as Naval Surface Forces Atlantic Sailor of the Year, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Reynaldo Eugenio, his journey began on the province of Iloco Norte, Philippines, where his mother left him and his siblings to live with family, while she sought employment in another country. “I realized that my mother had worked so hard and

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Education (VOLED). “We want to keep both programs available and sustainable for eligible Sailors, while ensuring our Sailors remain focused on their professional qualifications.” Navy transformation efforts focused on improving the “Sailor experience” have dramatically improved the ease of access to several technical and education programs, including TA and NCPACE. As a result, fleetwide TA demand in FY19 was 30 percent higher at the mid-year review than the same point in FY18. TA funding is expected to run out this month with no additional funding to be made available for the remainder of FY19. Sailors currently taking classes or who are in receipt of a funded TA voucher will not be impacted. Johnson said that every billet is important to the Navy’s mission and that commanding officers (CO) and officers in charge (OIC) should judiciously manage their Sailors’ education outside of working hours. “A typical three semester hour college course requires up to 12 hours of weekly commitment,” he said. “COs and OICs should actively manage their Sailors’ off-duty education to meet their operational commitments when entering a period of increased operational tempo.”

TA or NCPACE including damage control, maintenance, primary warfare, watch-station or other qualifications. Affected Sailors who desire to continue taking courses for the remainder of FY19 should contact the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) at (877) 838-1659/ DSN 492-4684 or via MyNavy Portal (MNP) at quick-links.html to discuss other

funding options, such as GI Bill, scholarships or financial aid. Sailors could experience increased call wait times and are encouraged to use other means to speak with an education counselor including the VOLED appointment scheduler on MNP, chatting via Live Help Now® or submitting a help request “trouble ticket” on the Navy College Program website.

Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) App Available Now for Download to Apple iOS and Google Android Mobile Devices !

An official U.S. Navy mobile application, produced by the Navy PMW 240 Program

What is the Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam App? The Navy’s Professional Military Knowledge Eligibility Exam (PMK-EE) mobile application is a convenient way for Sailors to prepare for and complete the required exam as part of the enlisted advancement process for E4/5/6/7 paygrades. The PMK-EE app is an option for Sailors who prefer using their mobile device to review topics, access bibliographies, and complete the exam that corresponds to each paygrade. The 100-question exam covers career information, leadership and character, Naval heritage, professional conduct, and seamanship. Exam sections can be taken in any order and independently of the others. Sailors must achieve a score of at least 80 percent on each section to pass. When a Sailor exits the app before completing a section, the app bookmarks that spot. The next time the app is opened, it returns to the bookmarked location, allowing the Sailor to continue with the exam from that point. The app also tracks the total time the Sailor spends completing each section of the exam. Key features: Available anytime, anywhere – no CAC required Tailored to specific paygrades – E4, E5, E6, and E7 Allows access to topics and bibliographical content from any compatible device Presents randomly selected exam questions each time a Sailor takes a section Permits retaking any section as often as necessary to achieve a passing score of 80 percent Submits passing scores to Navy Training Management Planning System (NTMPS) with entry of a Sailor’s DoD ID Uses mobile device email to receive the completion certificate for personal records The PMK-EE replaces the requirement for the Professional Military Knowledge (PMK) section on the Navy-Wide Advancement Examination (NWAE). PMK content will no longer be included on the NWAE starting with the September 2019 E4/5/6 exams and the January 2020 E7 exam. Topics and bibliographies used to develop PMK-EE questions are also available on MyNavy Portal within the Advancement & Promotion section and on Navy eLearning. PMK-EE is one element of the Sailor 2025 rating modernization effort to improve the Sailor experience. Download the app today!

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director. “Sailors and families should report deficiencies to the property managers immediately. If the issue is not resolved, they need to notify the The Navy has implemented a twoNavy Housing Service Center or their step resolution process for housing residents who have issues or concerns command, who will advocate on their behalf.” with their current residences. For PPV housing, the first step is The process pertains to all Navy to report any issue to the local PPV housing options – Public Privatized property manager. If the issue is not Venture (PPV), community, government-owned or leased, family resolved in a timely manner or of quality standards, residents are asked and unaccompanied. to contact their local Navy Housing “Our goal is to simplify the Service Center (HSC), which approach to reporting and resolving directly reports to the installation housing issues going forward,” said commanding officer, or the service Greg Wright, Commander, Navy member’s chain of command. Installations Command housing Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

For service members or families renting a home in the community, you are urged to first contact your landlord to address your maintenance issue or other concerns with the home. If you believe your concerns have not been properly addressed, then take the next step and contact your local Navy HSC or inform your chain of command. For government-owned or leased housing, residents with suggestions, concerns or complaints can first contact their local maintenance trouble desk. If your housing issues remain unresolved, contact your Navy HSC or chain of command.


“MyPCS Checklist works,” Kelling said. “It produced a tailored timeline based on my desired transfer date and has been an invaluable planning tool for my spouse and me. The timeline is editable as things change and I can download it in a PDF form. That way my spouse and I can both keep up with all the things we have to do.” The MyPCS Checklist currently requires command access card (CAC) access; however, it will ultimately be available for protected use via the web and mobile devices for spouses as well without requiring the use of a CAC. To reduce the up-front financial burden, Sailors are encouraged to request applicable advance travel entitlements that vary depending on whether the PCS is within the continental U.S. (CONUS) or outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS). The options include dislocation allowance (DLA), monetary allowance in lieu of transportation (MALT) for mileage reimbursement, per diem for military member and dependents, and lodging and per diem expenses during training en route.

Sailors should contact their Command Pay and Personnel Administrator (CPPA) to facilitate these advance travel entitlement requests. The MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) is also an option 24/7, and may be contacted via email, askmncc@navy. mil or by phone at (833) 330-MNCC/6622. As part of the Navy’s ongoing pay and personnel transformation efforts, the recently released NAVADMIN 103/19 announced that next month a new policy is slated for release allowing reimbursement of employment licensure or certification costs for spouses, up to $500, arising from PCS moves. In early August, the MyPCS Mobile Solution is scheduled for delivery to the fleet. This provides a modern and simplified means for Sailors to manage their PCS move on a mobile device.

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(1) Aviation Ordinanceman 3rd Class Matthew Olivera treats a simulated patient. (2) Deck department Sailors attach a chain stopper to the anchor chain in the forecastle. (3) Capt. Greg Leland briefs the crew during an all hands call. (4) Damage Controlman 2nd Class Hugh Williams secures a hose on the troop walkway. (5) Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) personnel examine the operation of Aqueous Film Forming Foam sprinklers in the hangar bay. (6) Fire Controlman 2nd Class Warren Golston and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Daniel Carleo perform maintenance on a rolling airframe missile launcher. (7) Damage Controlman Fireman Jaquan Weaver and Damage Controlman Fireman Ryan Oye conduct checks of an Aqueous Film Forming Foam agent sprinkler system in flight deck triage. (8) Sailors load a simulated patient onto a stretcher in the hangar bay. (9) Damage Controlman 2nd Class Larissa LopezRodriguez and Fireman Waldrop Samford conduct an agent check of an Aqueous Film Forming Foam hose on the flight deck. (10) Seaman Philip Salmeri and Seaman Robert Grosinski pull in mooring lines during a sea and anchor evolution. (11) Master Chief Navy Counselor Laura Rudy is pinned to the rank of master chief. (12) Captain Greg Leland speaks with Battle of Bataan survivor, Dan Crowley. (13) Lt. Cmdr Jonathan Piaz, the ship’s navigator, delivers a brief on vultures row.

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